Updated: Tuesday, 29 May 2012, 7:15 AM CDT
Published : Tuesday, 29 May 2012, 7:15 AM CDT
From new home construction to major remodels, homeowners are increasingly turning to energy efficient and green building practices to make their homes more environmentally friendly
Living in an eco-friendly home is attainable with the ever-increasing number of green building products on the market. Homeowners now have green options for everything from insulation and flooring to lawn fertilizer and paint.
As more companies tout green products and services, consumers should do their homework to ensure their contractor understands eco-friendly techniques and practices them.
According to a nationwide Angie's List poll:
· 72 percent of respondents consider green work practices important, and of those, 15 percent try to hire only green service providers.
· In a separate poll, however, 62 percent of respondents say they're either somewhat skeptical or consider most green claims to be gimmicks.
Green often means different things to different people. Researching a company's certifications will help weed out the shady from the sincere.
· For example, LEED certification means that an independent, third party verifies a home meets high performance standards in sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.
· Contractors certified as green professionals by the National Association of Home Builders and the National Association of the Remodeling Industry must document experience and training.
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